An explosive trio of three nationalities, A Love Electric, hailed as the tomorrow of creative rock by Mexico City’s leading newspaper, La Jornada, performs at some of the world’s finest rock festivals, jazz clubs, and cultural landmarks. Led by guitarist and vocalist Todd Clouser, a voice recognized as at the forefront of a new generation of post genre artists, A Love Electric carries the sonic legacies of psychedelic rock, New York City’s downtown scene, and introspective song into new territories. Having performed over 150 concerts in 2013 across three continents, ALE has gained praise from critics and fans of rock, jazz, and experimental musics alike.
The Prague Post calls ALE’s sound “blistering”. Time Out Barcelona writes the A Love Electric experience is “illuminating”. NPR calls Clouser “fascinating”. For its fourth record, the band brings legendary organist, pianist, keyboardist John Medeski into the mix on the Ropeadope Records release “Son of A Hero” (August 2014). Recorded in Clouser’s birthplace of Minneapolis, Minnesota with stops in Woodstock, NY and back to the band’s home of Mexico City, “Son of A Hero” was mixed by Grammy Award winner Patrick Dillett (Soul Coughing, David Bryne and St. Vincent) and produced by Latin Grammy winner Hernan Hecht.
A Love Electric is Todd Clouser (guitar and vocals), Aaron Cruz (bass), and Hernan Hecht (drums). The three musicians have performed with Steven Bernstein, Anton Fier, Billy Martin, Cyro Baptista, members of Dire Straits, Keb Mo, Tim Berne, Ely Guerra, and more. In there years of aggressive touring throughout the United States, Germany, Spain, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Mexico, and Argentina, A Love Electric have documented their evolution into multinational creative rock supergroup on three records from Brooklyn, NY’s The Royal Potato Family and a solo Clouser album released on drummer Billy Martin’s label, Amulet Records.
Son of A Hero, the name, is something I wanted to say since a kid, as I often felt insignificant, but didn’t understand. I feel like we all operate, now in this giant monolith society, in the shadow of some great hero of “success” of someone or something that came before us. I feel this in music, in the arts as much as in my family, and you can walk through Times Square and see who the winner has been in the fight to maintain character and substance in culture. This record is resigning to that and voiding it of importance, “fine, you cats were heroes, you created a giant giant of win, and thats wonderful if you are getting what you want. Im fine with just being the son of whatever came before. I don’t have to try to outgrow the shadow, I can celebrate my space in it”. Its more empowering than trying to overcome some idea of greatness by ego and conquer that doesn’t truly give us what may be most meaningful.
Son of A Hero the first record in my life as a musician I feel is honest to me in ways I can learn from. All I’ve ever wanted to do is create music, create new, and create something real with people out of that, music that is really about personality and character, and I think this record does that. Its taken a lot to get there. Moving to a new country, moving to a city Id never thought Id live in, sleeping on floors, buses, Aunts’ couches, and writing more songs to throw away than I thought I’d ever write in the first place, but its all right, its just been following the music. I’ve followed the music and its led us to this record. Finally proud of something.
A Love Electric is group we’ve been touring with the past 3 years, often with my name attached to it, but its grown to be a real band, an honest sum of its parts, not just mine anymore. There are three of us, from three different countries (MX/US/ARG) , all living within a block of each other in Mexico City, a city of 26 million people. We all have careers playing in other groups as well, but this became something special as we spent more time together, we’ve left a lot of personal opportunity behind to commit to it just playing music and moving around the world as much as we could. We’ve evolved a lot over time, from playing instrumental music to songs where I just yelled to what might be more proper songs now, which is really my voice and what I do when I’m alone just making music.
ON John Medeski joining the band for the recording
In March 2013 John Medeski came down, as a friend, to the Baja in Mexico and we played one gig together with A Love Electric. It was a big dream for me, and all of us. When I was driving John and his family back to the airport, he expressed gratitude for the trip – we spent a few days in a cabin on the beach in Cabo Pulmo – the music and hanging, and said “I’ll play on your next recording, you know, not charging, just whenever you want, tell me… unless you want someone else.” That was March 2013 and I started writing every morning with the Son of a Hero record in mind the next morning, every morning, on tours, wherever I could.
We went out to Appleahead studio in Woodstock where Medeski keeps a lot of his gear. Its a magic studio, big A Frame, three cats that live in Mx City up in the cold, and John and I tracked out parts. We worked out the rest of the record in Mexico City at Hernan’s studio, where some scrapped sessions started, and in this time I also became a close friend of Billy Martin, who was working with John Lurie. John Lurie is a hero of mine, I’ve written about that. I started speaking with John infrequently, and I got hipped to Patrick Dillet, who mixes a lot of David Byrne’s stuff, and did Lounge Lizards records with John. I wanted to work with Patrick, so we set it up, long in advance, to come out to NYC and mix with him. The three of us went out and played 5 shows in a week in New York and mixed days with Patrick. There is this sense of community and humanity, maybe family, in making this record, that came about naturally. From Medeski and speaking with John Lurie, and then Pat becoming a friend and just being real with us, and understanding what we do. All the right people, not a lot of people, but the right ones, seemed to come into our lives at the right time.